Super Lice! What They Are, How to Kill Them, and How to Prevent Them
Super lice is spreading… Discover if you have super lice and how to kill them.
Many people with lice are stuck in the “never-ending lice cycle.” It looks like this…
You discover lice, you spend hours treating, nit-picking, house cleaning etc.
You think it’s gone for a few weeks…
But, then it’s back again!
Sound familiar? This cycle will repeat over and over again until you change what you’re doing. Perhaps that’s why you’re researching Super Lice because nothing is working for you.
What is Super Lice?
Super lice is a mutant strain of head lice spreading throughout the world, particularly in the US and Canada. A recent study of lice in the United States testing 48 states (all except WV and AK) found that 98% of head lice had this “super lice” mutation. This mutation makes these lice and their lice eggs extremely resistant to most over-the-counter products and prescription lice treatments. Treatments that were effective against lice 20+ years ago will simply not kill super lice. The super lice mutation is not visible to the eye, so these drug-resistant lice look the same as regular lice. However, if you have tried traditional lice treatments and the lice has returned quickly, you are likely dealing with a super lice infestation.
Why Is It So Hard to Get Rid of Lice?
.Parents around the world are all asking me the same question…. "Why is it so much harder to get rid of lice now?"
Lice have become immune to everything that used to work in the past. Perhaps you remember your mom using a typical lice treatment or mayonnaise and that doing the trick. The new strain of head lice is no longer killed by those treatments, that’s why lice today are termed by people, “super lice,” because they are immune to those treatments.
I’ve cured thousands of people of lice in my lice center and let me tell you, I don't do it with over-the-counter lice treatments.
Most people struggle with lice because they focus all of their attention on killing lice bugs and not enough attention on GETTING RID OF LICE!
If you want to get rid of lice you have to address all 3 of the problems of lice:
- Lice Bugs
- Lice Eggs
- Getting Lice Back
The best way to get rid of lice is to tackle all 3 of these problems at the same time, which is what I teach in Get Rid of Lice Like A Pro.
What Does Super Lice Look Like?
Super lice look the same as regular lice in appearance and size. The defining characteristics of both super lice and regular lice are:
- Six legs attached to upper ⅓ of body, not to large abdomen
- No wings
- Tan to brown (often translucent) body, darker body as they get older and after they die
- Black stomach/intestines visible through translucent body (larger after feeding)
- Tapered/claw-like legs
Here is a picture that is not so close up so you can compare the lice bug to the size of a finger.
How Do You Know If You Have Super Lice?
Regular head lice and super lice look exactly the same, so there’s just no way to know if you have super lice by only looking. The best way to know for sure if you have super lice is to try one of these over-the-counter treatments. If you have tried traditional lice treatments and your lice keeps coming back (or never goes away), you almost certainly have super lice.
Name brand and generic treatments with pesticides as their “lice killing” ingredient do not kill super lice or their eggs. To make matters worse, “prescription” lice treatments use these same pesticides, just in larger doses or for longer periods of time.
Recent studies show that up to 98% of lice/super lice are now resistant to over-the-counter and prescription treatments.
Unfortunately, these pesticide products are heavily advertised and recommended by folks without a lot of hands-on lice knowledge. These products were indeed effective thirty years ago, but since lice have evolved, they are no longer useful for killing these super lice. Save yourself time, money, and headache, and don’t use them.
How to Get Rid of Super Lice
The purpose of My Lice Advice is to help parents get rid of lice as fast as possible. And the fastest way to get rid of lice and super lice is to get rid of lice in one day, no re-treatments. This is how lice professionals like myself get rid of lice in lice centers. Most people assume that lice professionals use some kind of crazy strong lice product or something. But the truth is that's not how lice professionals get rid of lice so fast....
When I treat lice in my lice center I don't use any toxic chemicals or special treatments. In fact, you can do a professional lice treatment at home without buying any lice products. I teach parents how to do this professional technique on their children at home, on my page Get Rid of Lice Like A Pro!
Super lice are immune to all of those over-the-counter treatments, so if you keep using them, you'll never get rid of lice.
Instead in Get Rid of Lice Like A Pro! you learn how to get rid of lice in less than a day by doing what the pro's do. And it's gone permanently- there are no re-treatments, and no messing around with lice kits. You do the professional technique on your child at home, you kill all of the lice and the lice eggs in one session and then you're done with lice.
That's the FASTEST and MOST EFFECTIVE way to get rid of lice and super lice. You can learn how to do it by clicking here.
What About Prescriptions for Super Lice?
Most prescription lice treatments use pesticides similar to the ones you’d find in over-the-counter treatments. They just have larger doses of the pesticides or you’re supposed to keep them on for longer periods of time.
Since super lice are resistant to pesticides, it doesn’t matter how high the dose or how long you leave them on. They won’t work to get rid of lice!
I would never waste time or money on a prescription lice treatment on my own children or recommend one to you.
Are there Home Remedies for Super Lice?
Surprisingly, most home remedies are more effective against super lice than pesticide lice treatments will be. However, none of them kill super lice eggs. Even the very best home remedies only kill about 80% of lice bugs. Home remedies will not kill any lice eggs, period, so if you were to use one, you would need to RETREAT RETREAT RETREAT for WEEKS. Remember, if you do not remove super lice eggs from your hair, you will go around and around with super lice. If you're set on using a home remedy, watch this video first.
How Do You Get Super Lice?
Super lice and regular lice are spread in the same way. At least 90% of head lice and super lice spread directly from one head to another, NOT from inanimate objects. Lice move effortlessly through hair, but struggle on most other surfaces.
Super lice don’t fly or jump like other insects, but they crawl very quickly in hair. They hang onto one hair strand and can quickly move to another.
When two people’s heads (and hair) touch, that’s when lice make their big move from one head to another.
Lice can be passed from inanimate objects as well, usually objects that are in contact with hair frequently, such as brushes, hair accessories, hats, jackets, and clothing.
How Do I Prevent Getting Super Lice?
Three main principles for lice prevention are:
- Avoid head to head contact, such as long hugs, sleeping in the same bed, putting your head on others’ shoulders, whispering in someone’s ear, looking at tablet/phones with heads touching, and selfies.
- Avoid sharing things that come in contact with hair, such as brushes, combs, hair accessories, hats, jackets, clothing, etc.
- Make your hair undesirable to lice by using a lice prevention spray or lice prevention shampoo every day.
These are only a few lice prevention strategies that are effective against super lice. For more, read our article 21 Lice Prevention Strategies Every Parent Should Know.
Big Mistakes With Lice
BE SURE TO AVOID THESE BIG MISTAKES
Be sure to WATCH THE VIDEO above and learn the biggest mistakes parents make when it comes to discovering and treating for lice.
Here are the links I mentioned in the video:
Summing It Up...
Super lice are lice that have a genetic mutation that makes them resistant to traditional lice treatments that have worked in the past. Studies show that 98-99% of lice today have this genetic mutation and are super lice. If you have used over the counter lice treatments and lice keeps coming back then you absolutely are dealing with super lice.
The fastest and most effective way to get rid of super lice is by doing a professional lice treatment on your child at home. You can learn how to do that on the How To Get Rid of Lice Like A Pro page.
All the best,
Theresa, My Lice Advice
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Theresa is a lice expert with years of experience curing children of lice. She currently works with government agencies and non-profit organizations to help children with the most severe head lice infestations in the US.
Originally trained as a Registered Nurse, she changed specialties to study lice. Later, she opened a lice treatment center where she perfected the PRO technique she teaches in the Get Rid of Lice Like A Pro online course. She now works helping those struggling with lice around the world.
She is the creator of MyLiceAdvice.com, one of the top lice informational websites in the world and she teaches parents around the world how to get rid of lice in less than a day in the Get Rid of Lice Like a Pro online course.